“Father of the nation”

Gandhi Jayanthi is celebrated on Oct 2nd, the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi also known as Mahatma Gandhi. He was an outspoken leader in India and he played an important role in the Indian independence movement. He developed the novel technique of non-violent agitation, which he called “Satyagraha” loosely translated as “moral domination”. On this day, At Raj Ghat, New Delhi, and all over India people gather to observe Gandhi Jayanthi in innovative ways that includes offering in Gandhi’s pictures, statues and singing his favorite devotional song Raghupathi Raghava Raja Ram.

Dussehra: Oct 16th to 24th

Dussehra is also known as Vijayadashami. This is a nine days Hindu festival. It’s celebrated on the tenth day of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month. The idols of goddess Durga immersed on the day. Dussehra is a celebration of victory of good over evil. Evil and immorality comes to an end establishing morality and peace. It’s a form of Shri Ram’s glory. On this day, everyone gets immersed in the devotion of lord Rama.

Celebrations:

On this day all Shakthi temples especially in Kanaka Durga Temple ofVijayawada , Chanmundi temple in Mysore Goddess Durga is decorated in her nine avatars during Navaratri. And they perform Ayuda puja where they consecrate vehicles and other new items. VijayaDasami is observed as Vidyarambham in Kerala. Saraswati Puja comes to an end in many regions with Saraswati Balidan Puja. This festival is celebrated with a lot of pomp and devotion in West Bengal especially in Kolkata..

Kullu Dussehra:

This festival is celebrated in Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Dussera is one of the popular and significant festivals of Hindu Religion celebrated with the procession of huge idols of goddess Durga, ritual sacrifice of animals and a lot of locally-brewed liquor to keep the revelers’ spirits high. Assembling of hundreds of local deities, especially the Raghunath ji is the main attraction of this fair. Exhibitions, Cultural activities and sports competitions are also organized at this fair...

Mysore Dussehra:

During Dussehra festival - Mysore Palace of Karnataka is luminously illuminated by about 100,000 light bulbs at night from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm various music and dance performances, food festival, wrestling competitions, games, amusement rides and exhibitions are held at that place and other venues.


Festivals of the month




Dussehra: Oct 24th

“On this day, Ravana was killed by Lord Sree Rama. As per mythology, Sita was kidnapped by Ravana during her exile with Lord Rama. Lord Rama fought with Ravana with the help of his brother Lakshmana and Hanuman and brought back Sita . During the nine days of the war, Lord Rama worshipped Goddess Durga and killed Ravana on the tenth day. This is the reason that VijayaDashami is one of the most important festivals for Hindus. On this day, Ravana is burnt along with his brother Kumbhakarana and son Meghnad in the form of a mannequin.

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Bakrid: Oct 26th

"Feast of the Sacrifice"
Abraham sacrifices his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God.
Bakrid is celebrated by Muslims worldwide on every tenth day of Islamic month Dhul Hijja. This festival is also known as Id-ul-Zuha. The festival starts with prayer as the people gather and the air is filled with the chants of 'Allahu Akbar'. Then it is followed with Goat/Sheep sacrifice, the meat is distributed among friends, relatives and neighbors. The word "id" is derived from the Arabic "iwd" means "Festival" and "Zuha" comes from "uzhaiyya" which translates to "sacrifice".